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We were finishing up the new CD, called “Fitting Pieces.” Our friend Zia was at our house with all of her gear to take the cover picture as usual. We decided to make it a shot of the two of us sitting at the old oak table in the sun room, working a jigsaw puzzle.

While Zia was taking the picture and without knowing it, our little dachshund, Izzi-B, curious as to what was going on, jumped up on the chair and then onto the table to check things out. She sauntered over across the puzzle and fell onto her back in Cheryl’s arms. Zia snapped some spontaneous shots of the scene and we all laughed about it. Upon further reflection, we decided to use that photo as the cover graphic for the CD. After all, the story/song was about the “other piece of the puzzle” that was always just within reach—Izz-B!

Check out our related story at Uncommon Promise
uncommonpromise.com/story/Within+Reach

lyrics

Sometimes right after supper
I need something or other
To sweep away the day
Relax, let go and slow down

It may be time to work on the puzzle
Just as I start is when I notice a nuzzle
Hold out both hands
Connection completed in mid-air
Small dog just within reach—the missing, fitting piece
Ever nearby, all along

Imagine thinking
You have all of the pieces
That fit together
Then finding out you’re wrong

Imagine seeing the unknown missing pieces
Appear before you, then jump into your hands
Your open hands

They jump into your hands
Take you by surprise
Nudge you to look for more

Sometimes right after supper
I need something or other
To sweep away the day
Relax, let go and slow down

Today I’m ready, willing and able
To take a lesson from that dog on the table
Hold out both hands
Connection completed in mid-air

Small things just within reach
The missing, fitting pieces waiting

Ever nearby, all along
Always nearby, all along
Waiting nearby, all along

credits

from Fitting Pieces, track released July 1, 2007
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering
Izzy-B - Inspiration

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Cheryl and Emerson Martlage San Diego, California

At the age of 48, and after 25 years of marriage, we headed to a secluded town for 6 weeks, to create a new relationship and begin again.

When we arrived as if by magic, we co-wrote our first song ever— "Never Sleep," evoking the mystery and magic of the new adventure. Twenty years later, we're still making music. Join us on our musical storytelling as the adventure continues to unfold
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